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Solving Caterpillar Scourge

Broad spectrum prophylactic chemical sprays alone are not a guarantee for caterpillar-free crops; over-use of pyrethroids or organophosphates will lead to resistance and will definitely reduce the quality and yield of a crop through their biochemical interference in the growth of plants. However, pests also reduce yield and quality.

Effective integrated pest management (IPM) programs, which are holistic in design, taking into account all pest/disease issues and combine biological control with compatible sprays can replace prophylactic chemical use.

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